Member Highlight: Tenor, Larry Scovil
Updated: Sep 12, 2020
My name is am Larry Scovil. This is my fifteenth year singing in the Chorale and my fourteenth year as Assistant Musical Director. My wife, Kris, and I have been married for forty-eight wonderful years. We have three grown children living in Nebraska, Wyoming and Texas, six grandchildren and one beautiful great granddaughter. We love to travel, seeing family and friends and other parts of this beautiful world. We frequently head off to Wisconsin where we were both raised and where our Moms and most of our siblings still live. We spent a month in Fort Myers, FL last fall and really love the warm, humid weather. We’ve greatly enjoyed traveling with the Chorale and eagerly anticipate the next trip, wherever it may be.
I’ve been involved with music for as long as I can remember. I loved music in high school, traveling to Europe for the first time on a concert tour with our high school A Cappella Choir and Concert Band the summer before my senior year. I went on to major in music and received a Bachelor of Music Education rom the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1972. I taught middle school music in Wisconsin from 1972 – 1975 and elementary school music in Greeley from 2005 – 2016. I’ve directed numerous church, school and community choirs throughout my career. I was also privileged to be an adjunct professor of voice at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, NE. I really enjoy choral music and musical theater. During my time in District 6 I produced and directed 10 Broadway Jr. musicals with 4th and 5th graders. What a delight that was!
I also hold a Master of Divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN and have pastored churches in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska. While in Nebraska, I also produced and presented thirteen Christmas Dinner Theaters, writing and arranging six of them, one of which was actually published! I have been part of the staff at Christ Community Church here in Greeley since 2012. I am the pastor of the Traditions Venue. Christ Community is a very contemporary church, but has a membership made up of all ages and musical preferences. In 2012 the Traditions Venue was started to meet the needs of people who prefer a more hymn based traditional worship using keyboard and occasional strings and winds in place of a worship band.
I am also heavily involved in the ministry of Network Beyond, an international ministry based mostly out of Christ Community Church. Since 2009 we have developed and taught a core of eight classes on the Bible and Church Leadership to church leaders all over the world. We began in Uganda and have since spread to various countries on five continents. I’ve been privileged to travel and teach with this organization in Uganda, Kenya, Egypt and Cuba averaging three to four trips a year since my retirement from teaching public school in 2016. In 2019 I plan to teach in Kenya, Ecuador, and possibly Costa Rica and/or Cuba.
I am also an avid model railroader. I have a 12’ X 21’ layout in my basement that has been under construction for about twelve years. As with any good model railroad layout it will never be truly finished, but I am approaching the point where all areas of the layout will have as least basic scenery. I also volunteer at the Colorado Model Railroad Museum. We are so privileged to have such an amazing layout right here in Greeley! I have so far logged over 700 volunteer hours as an engineer, where I get to operate a train, and as a volunteer in our museum youth work. We present clinics on scenery and layout building at the museum and at area schools and Boys and Girls Clubs. We are also working with Scouts and developing relationships with other area and regional organizations. We are currently teaching LEGO robotics at the District 6 School of Innovation and directing another similar class at the Boys and Girls Club in Galeton. We will be starting a new youth Model Railroad Club for the purpose of building a modular, T-Trak, N scale layout.